Hollywood Product: Zombieland (1)
GENRE: Ultraviolent zombie comedy
THE PITCH: In zombie-ravaged America, four mismatched survivors nicknamed Columbus (Adventurelands Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Superbads Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Little Miss Sunshines Abigail Breslin) try to get along while killing the undead and road-tripping to a California amusement park. By the way, its a comedy.
MONEY SHOTS: The spectacular opening credits show slow-motion zombie attacks in incongruous places like a three-legged race. Little girl zombies in princess outfits swarm a soccer mom, who drives off, crashes her car and flies through the windshield — so buckle up! Our heroes enjoy the catharsis of trashing a gift shop of Native American knick-knacks. Amusement park rides like rollercoasters and tilt-a-whirls facilitate elaborate “kills” in the final action sequence.
BEST LINE: “I may seem an unlikely survivor, with all my phobias and irritable bowel syndrome,” says meek Columbus before enumerating his obsessive but hilarious rules of survival.
BEST BAD LINE: “Time to nut up or shut up” is pretty much the “Its my way or the highway” of 2009.
(Image © 2009 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.)